Chamber Music Series features Hodel and McWilliams Jan. 29

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Chamber Music Series features Hodel and McWilliams Jan. 29

Concert: Chamber Music Series – Martin Hodel, trumpet, and Kent McWilliams, piano

Date: Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Rieth Recital Hall

Cost: $15 adults, $10 seniors and all students

For more information: Goshen College Welcome Center (574) 535-7566

GOSHEN, Ind. – Trumpet performer Martin Hodel with Kent McWilliams at the piano will inaugurate the Goshen College Chamber Music Series in Rieth Recital Hall on Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. A reception in the Music Center lobby will follow the concert.

Hodel will present a trumpet masterclass in Rieth Recital Hall at 11 a.m. on Jan 29. McWilliams will present a piano masterclass in Music Center Room 153 also at 11 a.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Hodel is familiar to many community persons, having graduated from Goshen College in 1986 and returned to teach in the Music Department in 1994-95.

The concert program includes “Concerto in G minor” by Handel, “Legend” by Enesco, “Sonata for Trumpet and Piano” by Ewazen, “Desperate Measures” by Muczynski, “Revelation of The Seven Trumpets” by Hamlin and “Scherzo in D Minor” by Méndez.

Hodel is an active soloist and freelance trumpeter, often performing in the trumpet sections of the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He grew up in Harlan, Ky., but now lives in Northfield, Minn., where he teaches trumpet and music theory at St. Olaf College. As principal and solo trumpet with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Hodel toured the U.S. and Japan, and he has toured coast-to-coast with the Dallas Brass. He has also shared the stage with jazz artists Joe Henderson, Maria Schneider, Slide Hampton, Claudio Roditi and Jimmy Heath, and has toured Germany with organist and fellow GC grad Bradley Lehman as part of the Hodel-Lehman Duo. A CD by the Duo recorded in Emden, Germany, has just been released on Larips Records. Hodel appears as a soloist on seven other compact discs, and has performed live on Garrison Keillor’s radio program, “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Hodel holds a doctorate in trumpet performance and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music; he also earned degrees in music from the University of North Carolina and Goshen College. His teachers have included Charles Geyer, Barbara Butler, Allen Vizzutti, Donald Hunsberger, James Ketch, Raymond Mase, David Hickman and Anthony Plog.

Pianist McWilliams has enjoyed a successful performing career since his debut in Rachmaninov’s “Third Piano Concerto” with conductor Kazuhiro Koizumi and the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra. After a recent appearance as soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the music critic exclaimed, “McWilliams’ performance of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Piano Concerto No. 1’ was nothing less than a triumph.” He has played in over a dozen countries, and has been an award winner at the competitions of Porto (Portugal), the Regina Symphony, the Canadian Music competitions and the Canadian National Competitive Festival of Music. McWilliams regularly performs chamber music and has two recent CD releases to his credit. As part of the Meridian Trio, he recorded a CD titled “Triptyque” on the Furiant label, and as the pianist for the Niagara Brass Ensemble, he recorded a CD titled “Brass Feast” on the Echiquier label. He has also played frequently for radio, having performed live recitals on the CBC in Canada and the ABC in Australia.

McWilliams holds a doctorate of music in performance, which he completed under Marc Durand at the University of Montreal. He lived in Poland for a year, where he studied with Andrzej Jasinski and researched the Polish folk elements in Chopin’s Mazurkas and Polonaises. McWilliams also studied in Germany, where he earned an Artist Diploma with highest distinction under pianist Oleg Maisenberg at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule. He completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance under Boris Lysenko at the University of Toronto.

McWilliams joined the faculty of St. Olaf College as an assistant professor of piano performance after having previously held teaching positions at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, and at the Glenn Gould Professional School in Toronto.

Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Tickets to both this concert and the May 20 Chamber Series concert by Jacob Roseman, flute & Molly Roseman, piano can also be purchased at the reduced rate of $25 for adults, $15 for seniors and all students, with this offer valid through Jan. 28. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Goshen College Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566.

Chamber music is usually played in intimate smaller halls (chambers) where the ambience and acoustics are suitable for small groups of instruments or voices. Chamber music performances in the Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall have included bassoonist Michael Parker-Harley with pianist Steven Aldredge, violinists Amy Kauffman and Cornelius Dufallo as well as soprano Brenda Witmer with pianist Christine L. Seitz.

Upcoming Chamber Music Series performance:

Friday, May 20, 2005 – Jacob Roseman, flute and Molly Roseman, piano, 7:30 p.m., Rieth Recital Hall

Goshen College, established in 1894, is a four-year residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” “Making a Difference College Guide” and U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit www.goshen.edu

Editors: For more information about this release, to arrange an interview or request a photo, contact Goshen College News Bureau Director Jodi H. Beyeler at (574) 535-7572 or jodihb@goshen.edu.

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Goshen College, established in 1894, is a residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” “Making a Difference College Guide” and U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit www.goshen.edu.

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